Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Opens Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts will open Pressed for Time: History of Printmaking on March 18th, 2017. The exhibition will display prints by Western artists from the last six centuries, highlighting the diversity and ingenuity of the medium, and featuring work by artists from Rembrandt van Rijn to Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol.

“Because of its flexibility and creative potential, printmaking has attracted many of the world’s great artists known for their work in other mediums,” says Karla Niehus, Interim Curator of Exhibitions. “And creating multiple prints made it much easier to distribute original work to the broader public.”

“This exhibition will increase visitors’ appreciation of the medium and the choices artists make to work in one process over another,” she adds. “Along with showing off some wonderful pieces from the collections of the KIA and the Flint Institute of Arts.

The exhibition begins with a 15th-century woodcut by Michael Wolgemut, and also features intaglio, planographic, screenprinting, and digital printing. Additional artists on view will be Albrecht Dürer, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Joan Miró, Roy Lichtenstein (shown, Sweet Dreams, Baby!) and Romare Bearden.

Related programs for the exhibition include

  • Sunday, April 2nd, 2 pm: Docent-led tour of the exhibition. Included with admission
  • Friday, April 7th, 5-8 pm: Art Hop, featuring a night of printmaking in the art school, free
  • Tuesday, April 11th, noon: ARTBreak video: Hidden Books, the Art of Kumi Korf
  • Sunday, April 30th, 2 pm: Tour of Impressions: Printmaking in Japan. Included with admission
  • Thursday, May 18th, 6:30 pm: Curator’s Talk with Nancy Sojka, Curator Emerita, Detroit Institute of Arts. Included with admission

This exhibition has been organized via partnership of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and the Flint Institute of Arts, and will run through July 2nd. For information, call 269/349-7775 or email